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US calls on Iran to free Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian

The United States on Monday called on Iran to release a Washington Post reporter, his wife and two freelancers arrested in Tehran last week. Tehran’s chief justice Gholamhossein Esmaili on Friday confirmed the arrest of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, 38, and his wife Yeganeh Salehi. “We call on the…

Potential whistleblowers less willing to contact the press thanks to NSA spying: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. surveillance programs are making it more difficult for government officials to speak to the press anonymously, two rights groups said on Monday. Large-scale surveillance, on top of the Obama administration’s crackdown on national security leaks, threatens the freedom of the press and the right to legal…

New Sarah Palin Channel will cost more than Netflix, but you get more Sarah Palin

Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, whose media presence has ebbed and flowed since resigning her Alaskan governorship five years ago, has announced the launch of her own online news channel called, unsurprisingly, the Sarah Palin Channel. According to The Daily Variety, the  fledgling news network will be subscription-based,…

X-Files star David Duchovny sparks controversy with ultra-patriotic Russian beer ad

US actor David Duchovny has stirred up a storm of debate in Russia by appearing in an ultra-patriotic beer ad in which he fantasises about being Russian. The “X-Files” and “Californication” star appears in a glossy ad for a Russian beer brand that is inspired by his eastern European origins.…

Sinéad O’Connor: ‘I deserve to be a priest. Music is a priesthood’

The famously iconoclastic singer hasn’t mellowed much. She talks to Tim Jonze about feminism, the sexualisation of youth and why she’s still proud of Nothing Compares 2 U Over the course of a career getting on for three decades, Sinéad O’Connor, 47, has been called many things: a maverick, an…

New York Times Editorial Board: Congress should legalize marijuana now

Comparing the United States 40-year-old ban on marijuana with Prohibition, which criminalized normally law-abiding citizens and gave rise to organized crime, the editorial board of the New York Times is calling for Congress to legalize marijuana immediately. In an editorial to be published in the Sunday edition of the Times,…

Jenny McCarthy apologizes: Hillary lesbian joke made me a ‘hypocrite’

TV personality and anti-vaccination crusader Jenny McCarthy apologized this week for a joke she made on The View, inferring that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton might be a lesbian. In a column written for Splash, entitled ‘Anti-Gossip Girl,’ the former MTV game show host claimed she later felt remorse…

BuzzFeed fires viral politics editor Benny Johnson over plagiarism

Viral politics editor fired for 41 instances of plagiarism after Twitter users brought copying of phrases and sentences to light The news and entertainment website BuzzFeed has fired one of its most prominent writers for plagarism after finding he had copied sentences and phrases “word for word” from other sites.…

Susan Sarandon reveals past sexual relationship with David Bowie

Thelma and Louise co-star says they got together just over 30 years ago when working on the horror film ‘The Hunger’ Susan Sarandon has spoken of a sexual relationship she had with David Bowie just over 30 years ago, describing the singer as “worth idolising”. The Thelma and Louise co-star…

The mystery guide to The Beastie Boys’ ‘Paul’s Boutique’

Twenty-five years ago today, the Beastie Boys released what then appeared to be a hitless sophomore-slump album: Paul’s Boutique.…

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